National Geographic : 1957 Jul
Agile as Monkeys, Hunters Scramble Up a Honey Tree Like kids in a candy store, Pygmies cannot resist honey. This band set out to kill big game but abandoned the hunt immediately on spying a bee tree. Climbers carried baskets filled with smoldering sticks wrapped in leaves. Smoke from these firebrands dulled the swarming insects so the hunters could rob the hive. They feasted in discriminately on honey, wax, and larvae, climbing down smeared from head to toe. On the way home they licked themselves clean of the gooey sweet. 91 are pounding beaches 1,000 feet higher than our heads!" The Jerusalem airfield, now only 20 miles away, was at an elevation of 2,460 feet. We climbed to 3,500 and radioed the control tower for landing instructions. Back came the reply with a thick Arabic accent. "Roger, four three Charlie, landing to the west. Call me three miles out." We approached over the Wil derness of Judaea, a rocky ex panse without a tree or even, it seemed, a blade of grass. "There it is!" Tay called as she caught the white gleam of the Holy City beyond the Mount of Olives. "But don't get too close; the Israeli fron tier runs right through the city." * We spent almost a month in Jordan on a special project: making a movie of the life and training of a soldier of the famous Arab Legion. Our photographic plan was to follow a young Bedouin from his desert home through Arab Legion training to his military assign ment, ending with his return to the tent as a hero. We wanted a Bedouin because * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "Jerusalem to Rome in the Path of St. Paul," by David S. Boyer, December, 1956; "Crusader Lands Revisited," by Harold Lamb, December, 1954; and "Hashemite Jordan, Arab Heartland," by John Scofield, December, 1952.